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Couple Vacancies

Country Couple ~ Yorkshire/UK

A mature and very experienced couple are required to work on a large country estate in Yorkshire. The single lady Principal is seeking a couple who are able to provide the following services:

  • 5* Housekeeping

  • Light Cooking

  • F&B Service

  • General Maintenance

  • Light gardening

  • Driving

The Principal would like one of the couple to provide housekeeping, laundry, light cooking and informal table service,  the other half of the couple will provide general property maintenance, gardening, driving and very occasionally F&B services

Requirements:

  • Mature

  • At least 5 years previous experience in a similar role

  • Have proven longevity in previous positions

  • Must enjoy a rural lifestyle

  • Both must have driving licenses and be comfortable driving in the UK

  • Both must speak fluent English

  • Able to work well in a team

  • Have or be willing to have a DBS/Criminal records check

Working 8hrs x 5 days per week with 30 days of annual holiday - this role offers a beautiful 3 bedroom cottage on the estate as accommodation, local council tax will be paid by the employer however the couple will pay their own utilities.

Salary £TBD

Start date: March ‘23

Long Term Chalet Couple ~ Megeve

A very experienced chalet management couple is required for a beautiful 9+ bedroom luxury chalet located on the outskirts of Megeve. The informal British/Australian owners and their 4 teenage and adult children use the chalet in both the summer and winter high season months with occasional visits outside of these periods - additionally the chalet is sometimes rented for a few weeks; this is a busy property for several moths each year and it is essential that the chalet couple are able to work autonomously. Extra staff are employed when there are a high number of visiting guests. The current chalet couple have been running the chalet for this family for many years and will be available for a detailed ‘hand-over’ period.

Duties will include:

  • 5* Housekeeping/Laundry

  • Healthy family cooking

  • Informal table service

  • House management

  • Driving

  • General interior and exterior maintenance

  • Snow clearing

  • Light gardening tasks

  • General pool care (a local contractor is employed for overall maintenance) 

  • Driving and care of several cars/off-road motorbikes

  • Liaising with local contractors, suppliers and local accountants

  • Liaising with the UK Family Office

  • General administration 

  • Dealing with cash and credit card payments

  • Booking ski guides, mountain bike tours, hiking guides, restaurants and other activities 

  • Making changes to the chalet from owners visit to rental weeks eg: removal and storage of family clothing/footwear/toiletries/ art work etc

Requirements:

  • Both of the couple must speak good English

  • One must speak a good level of French

  • Have a friendly, positive and flexible approach

  • Well-organized and efficient

  • Able to work autonomously, plan and make decisions ahead of family and guests visits

  • Offer a high standard of cleaning and general interior and exterior maintenance

  • One of the applicants must be a good family cook, the family eat healthy foods 

  • Have a ‘hands-on’ attitude to work as this is not simply a management role.

  • Both candidates must drive as the Chalet is located above the village

  • Excellent management/admin skills

  • Good budget management

  • Having the right to work in France

A separate apartment will be rented locally for the chalet couple plus during busy times when the couple may need to work late there is sleeping accommodation available for them to use at the chalet. There is also the use of a chalet car for shorter private trips. These clients are informal and very relaxed and like to maintain a warm relationship with their staff; being British/Australian nationals, they would love to find another Antipodean couple for this role however they are open to considering all nationalities as long as the couples already have working rights in France.

Salary: €5.5k npm ( possibly negotiable)

Start date: Summer ‘23

Domestic Couple ~ Vaucluse

An experienced couple are required to run and care for a large rural property near St Remy. The property is generally used by family in the early summer months plus school holiday periods. The property is occasionally rented out seasonally. The large 6 bedroom property has a swimming pool, tennis court and a large garden. Part of the couple duties will be to provide general garden maintenance alongside the contracted weekly gardening company. The property owners will employ a part-time housekeeper in the high season months when the property is busy..

Duties will include:

  • 5* housekeeping

  • Household laundry 

  • Assist in kitchen when necessary

  • Set and clear table at mealtimes

  • Garden and property maintenance

  • Driving

  • Shopping/Errands

  • Oversee local contractors

A cottage on the grounds is offered as accommodation to the couple; one of the couple must speak good  French, both must speak fluent English and the male of the couple must be able to drive.  Working 6 days per week in high season and when family are in residence, 5 days per week outside of family visits and summer season. 5 weeks holiday per year.

Salary: €5k net pm

Start date: ASAP

Domestic Couple ~ St Tropez ~ Long Term

An experienced domestic couple is required to work in a luxury, centrally located villa in St Tropez. The family of two adults and three teenage boys use the property as a vacation home for approximately 3 months each year and would like to employ a couple who speak fluent English; at least one of the couple should also speak good communicative French. One of the couple must have good gardening experience and if lacking in extensive gardening knowledge a contract gardener will be engaged twice per month to give guidance and instruction on what should be scheduled for the mature 1ha gardens at each particular time of year.
Duties will include:

  • Housekeeping/Laundry

  • Assisting in kitchen

  • Shopping

  • Preparation of light breakfast

  • Table Setting/Service (informal)

  • Gardening

  • Property maintenance

  • Pool Care

  • Driving

Accommodation of a newly renovated 1 bedroom house on the property is offered with this role. It is preferable - but not essential - that both of the couple are able to drive. A scooter is provided for speedy morning errands.
Salary: €TBD (CDI)
Start date: ASAP

Domestic Couple ~ Provence  POSITION NOW FILLED

An experienced domestic couple is required to run a beautiful 8 bedroom property on the outskirts of St Remy de Provence. The couple must be able to work and run the property autonomously, liaising when necessary with the employer’s UK management office. The British owners/family/friends generally use the property for a maximum of 8-9 weeks per year, mostly in the high season. The general working week is 35hrs/5 days per week – when guests are in residence longer hours and 6 days per week will be required. Part of the couple’s duties will be to recruit local seasonal staff who will work on a rotational basis allowing each of the couple to have a few hours ‘downtime’ during their working day whilst ensuring the continuity of high level guest services.

Duties will include:

  • General housekeeping

  • Overall house management

  • Liaising with UK Head Office

  • Light cooking (chef employed for busy periods)

  • Recruitment and supervision of local seasonal workers

  • Laying of tables and informal service ( preferably both of the couple will be able to serve at table)

  • Oversight of external contractors

  • Oversight of 3 gardeners

  • Assisting gardeners with general maintenance if necessary

  • Cleaning and maintenance of terraces and exteriors

  • Hands-on house and equipment maintenance - interior and exterior

  • Pool care/oversight

  • Stock control

  • Care of vehicles

  • Petty cash/household accounts

  • Driving

Requirements:

  • One of the couple must speak good French

  • Both must speak good English

  • Good management skills

  • Good handyman/maintenance skills

  • Excellent high level housekeeping skills

  • Good family cook

  • Knowledge of informal food and beverage service

  • Minimum of 3 years prior experience working as a couple in a similar role

  • Excellent relevant references

  • Preferably both of the couple will drive

  • Able to work autonomously

  • Friendly flexible approach

  • Both with established French residency

A newly renovated 2 bedroom cottage is offered as accommodation with this role; there is use of a staff car during working hours however the couple should have their own transport for personal use.

Salary: €5.5k npm neg

Start date: TBD

Domestic Couple ~ Vence POSITION NOW FILLED

An experienced domestic couple is required to look after a newly renovated 7-bedroom villa situated on 5000m2 of land located just above Vence. The British owners are seeking a proactive, open and flexible couple who have excellent prior experience working in a similar role. The couple must be able to speak a very good level of English and at least one of the couple must speak good conversational French. There is no on-site accommodation available for the caretaker couple however if the successful applicants do not already live within 15-20 mins from Vence, then the employers will rent a small apartment locally for the couple.

This client enjoys having quiet family time and the villa will run very informally, they are not ‘high maintenance/high service’ people and enjoy their privacy therefore the couple may find that while the family are in residence they are given more time off than is usually expected with employers in residence. They would like their housekeeper and handyman/gardener to be quiet, discreet and low profile.

Duties will include:

  • Housekeeping

  • Shopping

  • Fridge-filling

  • Very occasional cooking

  • Occasional evening babysitting

  • Driving

  • Gardening

  • Property maintenance

  • ‘On Call’ for security/alarms etc

Requirements:

  • Several years of experience in a similar role

  • Excellent spoken English and conversational French

  • Both to have a driving license

  • One to be a good family cook

  • Good gardening/handyman skills

  • Flexible approach

  • EU passport or working visa for France

The property is currently in the final stages of a complete renovation and the couple will be required to begin work in March 2023 however chosen candidates will be able to visit the site to assess what is required etc. when the clients UK manager is making his monthly site inspection..

Salary: TBD (CDI)

Start date: March ‘23

Please note: Applicants for positions based in France MUST have a current working visa/carte de sejour or be the holder of an EU passport

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